Young Leaders of the Americas Initiative

The Young Leaders of the Americas Initiative (YLAI) empowers entrepreneurs and innovative civil society leaders to strengthen their capacity to launch and advance their entrepreneurial ideas and effectively contribute to social and economic development in their communities. Learn more about it at this link (https://ylai.state.gov). 

In fall 2017, 250 YLAI Professional Fellows from Latin America and the Caribbean expanded their leadership and entrepreneurial experience through fellowships at businesses and civil society organizations across the U.S. Through the YLAI Entrepreneurship Institute and the individualized Fellowships, the YLAI Fellows accelerated their commercial and social ventures’ success and developed specific action plans to carry out upon return to their home countries. The YLAI Fellows built networks, linkages and lasting partnerships to attract investments and support for their entrepreneurial ventures.

The Council is seeking to place 9-12 of these YLAI Fellows in local for-profit and non-profit organizations. We need to identify host businesses by September 25.

Who Are the YLAI Fellow?

  • Emerging business or social entrepreneur 
  • 21-35 years old 
  • At least 2 years of professional or leadership experience 
  • Proficiency in English 

What Is Required of a Fellowship Host?

  •  U.S. Fellowship host offers guidance, advice, and support to facilitate the learning or development of fellow.
  • Fellowship host will focus on what can be accomplished to encourage fellow’s personal and professional development.

Sample fellowship activity:

  • Meetings with fellowship host and other departments within company or organization.
  • Working on a project in coordination with fellowship host.
  • Job shadowing opportunities.
  • Attending staff meetings.
  • Presentation on findings or discoveries during fellowship.

Fellows are NOT interns and should be thought of in that way

Please call Anna Emery at (214) 965-8484 or email her at link (amery@dfwworld.org) if you are interested in this unique opportunity for global business diplomacy! We will update this page with the Fellows' business areas of interest as the information becomes available to us. 

Other Upcoming Delegations

  • Entrepreneurship and Small Business Development - May 8 - 12

  • Preventing Trafficking in Children - May 16 - 20

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